SNOW HILL, Md. - A woman who pleaded guilty to hitting 5-year-old Jalyn Shaw with her car over the summer in Ocean City, has learned her fate.
WMDT's Kyle Jones was in the Worcester County Court room Friday morning, as Jasmine Shuman was sentenced to 3 years, all but 18 months suspended.
"I guess feel somewhat a sense of relief," said Erin Shaw, Jalyn's mother, after the hearing.
It's been seven months since the June 1 incident, when Jalyn and her family were crossing Baltimore Avenue at 19th Street.
Accident reconstruction reports say Shuman was traveling at 30 miles per hour, and had nearly 500 feet to stop if she spotted the family on the curb before they started across the street. She only needed 140 feet if she saw them in the crosswalk.
But, Shuman didn't stop. In November, she pleaded guilty to one felony count of "Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury." She hit Jalyn, throwing the child nearly 70 feet down Baltimore Avenue. As a result, Jalyn suffered severe road burns and swelling on her brain. A metal plate and dog bones were used to repair her skull.
Jalyn and Erin addressed the court Friday, Jalyn clutching a stuffed dog and Erin clutching her daughter's hand. The elder Shaw described the accident, and how the family will always remember the pain and suffering of that day, and their recovery since.
"I will never forget Jalyn's cries as they cleaned the asphalt from her skin," Shaw said with a slight quiver in her voice. "It was a boo boo that mommy couldn't kiss and make better."
Jasmine also addressed the court, tearfully apologizing to the court.
"I am truly very sorry," Shuman said. "I really really am."
In the end, the judge said it was a tough decision. He had two young women in front of him - one who will have physical and emotional scars, but hopefully with time they will fade. The other who's had a tough childhood, but is a hardworking freshman college student.
He made one distinction, saying the situation may be different if Shuman stopped.
After forty five minutes, Shuman was sentenced to three years in jail with 18 months suspended. When she's released in 2015, she'll have two years probation. She's also been ordered to pay the out-of-pocket medical fees for Jalyn.
"I guess you know, all I can say is that I'm satisfied. And I'm glad that this part of it is over," Shaw said.
Now 6-years-old, Jalyn bounced around behind her.
"We're going to the pool," she shouted. The family was headed to a hotel to relax, and celebrate the closure the day brought them.
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